NC Christmas Lights

I’m sure there are a lot of great places in North Carolina to see some great Christmas lights. Here are a few of my favorite places to see some lights.

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Biltmore

In Asheville there is nothing like going to the Biltmore house. This estate is beautiful to tour and at Christmas they really go all out. Trust me their decorations will give you some serious holiday envy. The only set back is the price, for daytime $60 per adult $30 per kid 10 and over. The evenings get even more expensive, Sunday- Thursday $70 per adult, $35 per kid, Friday-Saturday $85 per adult, $42.50 per kid. There is a huge 35′ tree every year. I love walking on the grounds there is so much to do including biking, horse back riding, there is even a winery on the property.

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McAdenville

A little town near Gastonia called McAdenville is also known as Christmas Town USA. Most of the town decorates their indivual house as they see fit. Some go over board some not so much. This free event can back up quickly so expect to spend most of the night cruising at 10mph or below or find a place to park and stroll through the tiny town. This town has even made national headlines and was featured on Good Morning America once. This year the little town will be celebrating 60 years of Christmas Light displays. Other events include a town 5K, lighting ceremony, and yule log ceremony.

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Charlotte Motor Speedway

This place has quickly became a holiday favorite in my family. You pay by the car ($20) and get to drive all around the speedway including on the track, the middle and even through the stands. It is fun to drive on the ramp and having everyone in the car lean into the turn. The lights switch up every year and they even have a light show in the stands that coordinates to music. Once inside the middle you can park your car and walk around a petting zoo and live nativity scene. There is also some small carnival style rides and a few food trucks. I suggest getting the powder donuts. The pit area has some tables with different tables set up (think Origami Owl, Jamberry, etc) and of course you can visit with Santa. There is also the biggest TV screen I’ve ever seen playing holiday movies. The event starts off on November 21st with the Eggnog Jog 5K around the track. It goes until the end of December, Thursday-Sunday.

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Tanglewood

I’ll admit its been a few years since I’ve been here but in Winston-Salem the best place to see lights is at Tanglewood. Again you pay by the car load ($15). I remember taking my niece when she was about two and she never stopped saying “Ooo” and “Look at that” There is a place in the middle where you can stop and shop. I highly suggest picking up something from Dewey’s bakery. Santa Claus and Misses Claus are also at the Gift Village. The website suggest going Monday-Wednesday to avoid long lines but is open every night starting November 21st.

Ok so there are some of my favorite places to go see some Christmas lights. I’m sure there are more that I’m not aware of but this is a good list to get started with.

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